Out of all the products we would need living in Africa, our stroller is the product I spent the most time searching for. There are so many options out there–they don’t make it easy for you. So, I am gonna show you how I picked the right stroller.
1. Choose Your Desired Features:
- Reclining Back
- Moveable Sun Shade
- Easy Close
- Good wheels
Those were the main features I was wanting in our stroller, plus tall handle bars for my tall husband. So those were the things I searched from. First I searches ‘Lightweight strollers.’ Then from those, I looked for the ones that had most or all of my other desired features. I was pretty picky.
2. Do Your Homework:
- Look on the product website and read reviews.
- Google pictures to see if you like how it looks.
- If it’s in town, test drive it.
This is very important. I cut several strollers from my lists because reviews showed flaws in the stroller, or that ‘the wheels we not that good.’ Tips like that are so nice to know ahead of time. Google pictures are great to see how it really looks like in real life. This helped narrow my list if it looked too big, too small, or too short. And always, test drive if you get the chance.
3. Shop Prices:
- Look on the product website.
- Facebook ‘Give-N-Take’ Pages
I usually started my searching on Amazon.com. Once I narrowed my top choices, I looked all around me to see if anyone was selling second hand. Strollers can be quite expensive, so spending some time looking for a deal is a good way to save some money. You never know what you may find around you!
4. Choose Your Desired Accessories:
- Rain Cover
- Organizer/Console (that fits your handle bars*)
- Airplane Bag
- Car Seat Bar
Once you’ve picked your stroller, find which accessories you want. This is a great way to add more to basic strollers (which are often cheaper). I only wanted a stroller organizer, but had to search carefully to find one that fit the handle bars correctly. This is the one I chose. I like it because goes on and off easily. I use it as my diaper bag. And there’s an inside zipper where I keep my wallet, hidden and safe, yet easy to access.
Pick wisely, you don’t have to buy tons of stuff for your stroller. But if you’re moving, say to Seattle, you should think about buying a Rain Cover for your stroller. Think through was you actually need and get it, at a good price.
So…do you want to see what I decided on?!
There she is–our Inglesina Swift Stroller in Navy. And we LOVE her!!!!!!! The Inglesina is an Italian Stroller.
What do I love about her?
- She reclines in three positions.
- The Sun Shade moves 140 degrees and extends! There’s LOTS of sun in Africa and our kids are so grateful for the Sun Shade, too.
- The handles are tall enough for My Love.
- It is so simple to close and open.
- The wheels and break are so good.
- We have taken her to 5 different countries, countless airplanes, trains, taxis, buses, dirt roads, rock and brick roads. We have worked her HARD and she’s still doing great!!
**My only negative after 18 months of ^ that kind of hard work, is the fastener that keeps it shut is loose and doesn’t hold it as close together anymore.
In fact, we didn’t realize how much we loved our stroller until it was stollen about three months ago. 🙁 It was sad! We went through a mini-grieving period. We got her before Honey-Bear was born. She has been everywhere we’ve traveled, taken such good care of our kids…a part of our family!
Even looking online to buy another stroller, I couldn’t find any that I thought would do as good as our Swift. I couldn’t get myself to buy a replacement. And thankfully, I didn’t because a week later we found her being sold at a local shop. HA! She still had the little stain from the cup spill and food crumbs stuck in the buckles. We were so excited to find her! Sadly, we had to ‘re-buy’ it, but we got OUR stroller back!!!!
We LOVE LOVE LOVE our Inglesina Swift Stroller!! And don’t ever want to loose her again. I would HIGHLY recommend this stroller or other Inglesina Strollers, if they have your desired features.